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“Ok to pass time” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library
Clock Tower Building | Dublin Castle, Dublin 2, Ireland (South City Centre)
353 1 407 0750
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Ranked #5 of 218 Attractions in Dublin
Type: Libraries, Museums, Cultural
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Owner description: Situated in the heart of Ireland's capital city, the Chester Beatty Library is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). The Library's exhibitions open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Its rich collection from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe offers visitors a visual feast. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002.
Wells, United Kingdom
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“Ok to pass time”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

We stumbled of this place after visiting the castle. I can't say it was that interesting and didn't have much to look at. I don't really like books etc so was wasted on me however if you have done all of dublins attractions and need 1 more this will do.

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“Gem of a Library”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We stumbled on the Library after visiting Dublin Castle. There is a fabulous display of Fashion Prints together with a few costumes on display. Their main exhibition, however, was enthralling with marvellous explanatory videos - and all for "free", although donations are gratefully received.

Visited February 2014
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Rockton, Illinois
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“Absolute Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I am so happy to see this near the top of the attractions list. The library is more of a museum than traditional library, but the collection is absolutely stunning. over 3,000 years of religious and historical documents and artifacts that were collected by a passionate man. The exhibit spaces are wonderfully done, it has a great flow and every case has something to amaze you with. I cannot believe the entrance was free. Even if for just a half hour visit, this should be on every visitor's Dublin itinerary!

Visited February 2014
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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“One of the best-kept secrets in Dublin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Tucked quietly away behind Dublin Castle is this absolute treasure of a place. If you miss it, you've missed a lot! Manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and decorative arts complete this amazing collection - all the result of the collecting activities of one man — Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Egyptian papyrus texts, beautifully illuminated copies of the Qur'an, the Bible, European medieval and renaissance manuscripts are among the highlights on display. In its diversity, the collection captures much of the richness of human creative expression from about 2700 BC to the present day. There is NO admission, and you may have to poke about for a little bit to find it (there is signage, but like a lot of Ireland, it's a little ambiguous), but once there, you'll realize that it was worth the search. Give yourself plenty of time; you'll want to linger. There is a tea shop nearby for snacks and toilets are conveniently located.

Visited October 2013
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“A world class museum not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

If you visit Dublin, you cannot miss the chester Beatty Library. It is a top class museum, in fact one of, the best in the world in its category if not the best. The museum has so many items that they cannot display them all, so they show them from time to time. They have some absolutely incredible manuscripts. The architecture of the museum is treat as well, very peaceful and serene. There is a lovely middle Eastern restaurant as well.

Visited November 2013
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